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Travel Partners and Companions
The Internet has changed the way people socialise. At one time, you had to go out to find someone to hang out with, but now, you can just fire up your computer and find travel partners and companions on the online classifieds. Keep a few things in mind when using the local classified to find friends. These tips will help you find a good match and stay safe during the process.
Make Sure You Are Compatible
It is a good idea to speak with the person before agreeing to become travel partners or companions. A simple conversation or a few emails will let you know if you and the person will enjoy each other's company. If you do not click, you can go back to the online classifieds and find someone else. It might take you a little bit longer to find the perfect match but it will ensure that you find someone online that you will enjoy offline.
Meet in Public
Once you agree to meet your new friend, pick a public place that is close to both of you. It is a good idea to meet in public at least twice. When you meet, listen to your instincts. If they tell you something is off, it is time to find a new companion online.
After you meet a couple of times, you can start going to private locations. You can invite your new friend over to your home or take a short road trip. Then, you can go to different locations and take bigger trips as the relationship progresses.
Give People Contact Information
Give your friends and family members your companion's contact information before you meet in public or private. In addition, tell them where you are going. That way, they can call your new companion if you do not show up back at home. This will give you an extra layer of protection.
It is always a good idea to play it safe when looking for travel partners and companions. While you might worry that you will offend the potential friend, reasonable people will understand the extra precautions. In fact, they will likely be relieved since they will want to put the same protections in place. Then, once you build a relationship, you can let your guard down and enjoy the new friendship.